Monday, August 3, 2009

Our New Family Room

Finally, at long last, I am unveiling our family room that I've been working on for the last week. I just put the finishing touches on it this morning. Warning - tons of pictures :)
This is from the bottom of the stairs showing the length of the family room. Pardon the mess!
Here's after:
The open door in the center is where the bottom of the stairs is. The door on the right is the laundry/storage room. Before:
The stairs are to the right here. After:Laundry Room door after:
Air Hockey table wall before:
Close-up of the shelf. I had the heart and star already and added raffia to them to make them cuter:
Bar before (some of these aren't good quality pics):
Bar after:
Wall next to the bar before. Notice the ugly thermostat and broken doorbell:
Wall next to bar after. We changed out the thermostat with the old white one from upstairs, took the doorbell down and hung the clock strategically over the gaping hole from the doorbell:
View of 2nd half of family room before:
View of 2nd half after:
Fireplace before:
Fireplace after:
Window and half of couch before:
Window and couch after:
I made this curtain! My friend Stephanie from digiscrapital taught me how to make it. It was so super easy, and it only cost me $3 to make! It's not as cute as hers, but I still love it!
2nd half of couch before:
Couch after:
This originally looked like this and I took the ribbon off and replaced it with raffia. Much cuter :)
Little hallway off left side of the room. (Bathroom straight ahead, Mark's video game room on the right, heater access on the left) Haddie was modeling the before:
Hallway after:
Ugly light in hallway before. It reminded me of a hotel hallway light:
New light fixture. Ya like Mark's Men's Room sign for his game room? He's so proud of that.
We also replaced all the electrical outlets and light switches with white ones.
This room was so much work but I love it now! Before I didn't like to spend a lot of time in it because it felt like a dungeon. But now it feels like a cozy family room that I want to hang out in. I love my decor, and am proud that I handmade some of it. It isn't anything fancy, and our couch isn't pretty but it's home to us. I am extremely proud of it, especially since I did more than half of it myself. Mark helped some, but with work he wasn't home enough to do more. Haddie was really cooperative and watched movies while I painted. She and I had fun hanging out together downstairs. Anyway, so here she is - all ready for us to enjoy as a family!


  1. HOLLA looks sweet!! I told you it would be so worth it once it was all finished...we need to have a party to celebrate down there now!! Call me :)Good job...when I get a house I know who to don't get prego!!

  2. That looks amazing! I can't believe how big that room is - you HAVE been busy. The paint really helps open the room up and make it look less busy. And your curtain is ADORABLE! I love it all.

    I can't believe they put paneling up on the ceiling in your hallway? Oh, and I love the Mens room sign - your husband games as well, huh? So does mine. Nerds. My husband's favorite is Counterstrike. He plays is every single day. I also love that you have a bar - how cool is that! It would be great for serving goodies at for parties and get-togethers.

    You did a very good job - everything looks so amazing.

  3. Lindsay!
    I am loving it! The paint looks totally awesome! Good job girl! I am so excited about this transformation! It looks great! And the bar looks so good red against the cream paint!

  4. Lindz!!! You are Amazing!!! It looks great! How in the world did you paint the paneling I have it in a room in my basment and I am clueless but now I want to paint it!!!

  5. Nothin' like a fresh coat of paint! Nice!

  6. What a huge difference- it looks so BRIGHT now!! And I love the little saying on your laundry room door. ;)

  7. I love the paint! Much brighter and airy looking. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your funny story! :-)

  8. You've done a lot of work - that paneling must have been a job! Looks very nice.